"Having access to an established pregnancy biobank saves us tremendous time and money." – Gregory A. Buck, PhD, principal investigator, Virginia Commonwealth University
The GAPPS Repository is a widely-accessible biobank of standardized, high-quality specimens linked to data from diverse populations of pregnant women and their babies. The GAPPS Repository supports a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including research on normal and abnormal pregnancies, how pregnancy affects maternal and child health after delivery, and fetal origins of diseases. The collection includes contributions from women representing a range of racial, ethnic, regional and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The GAPPS Repository Collection Schedule provides an overview of when specimens are collected. Specimens include:
Participants also provide data via comprehensive questionnaires during pregnancy and at their postpartum visits. Additional data is collected from maternal and newborn medical records.
If researchers require specimens that are not routinely collected by the GAPPS Repository, prospective collections tailored to their specific study aims can be established. Learn more.
A Foundation for Discoveries
Laying a foundation for discoveries that will improve maternal, newborn and child health worldwide, the GAPPS Repository supports a wide variety of research areas, including genetics, epidemiology and pathophysiology, as well as translational science and healthcare delivery.
The GAPPS Repository enables researchers to:
Accessing the GAPPS Repository
The GAPPS Repository is a specimen and data bank available to investigators worldwide who are studying maternal and child health. Specimen and data requests are evaluated by the GAPPS Utilization Committee and must be approved by an Institutional Review Board.
Protecting Participant Privacy
GAPPS maintains the highest standards of privacy and confidentiality. Repository materials are identified only by number, with participant names kept in protected files at each collection site.
Equipment and Storage
The GAPPS Repository is housed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Its state-of-the-art lab equipment and storage facilities include:
“The development of the Global Action Agenda and the launch of the GAPPS Repository are critical steps toward our goal of saving millions of babies around the world” – Seattle Children’s CEO Dr. Thomas Hansen, ret.